Notice to ISPs is misleading, cautions IAMAI

07 Aug,2015

By A Correspondent

 

Internet and Mobile Association of India [IAMAI], in a press statement has said that the latest Government notice dated August 4, 2015, to the Intermediaries (ISPs) is vague and has led to a chilling effect.

 

The notice states that the intermediaries (ISPs) are free not to disable any of the 857 URLs, as provided in the list earlier, which do not have child pornographic content. However, the problem is with the caveat in the notice mentioning “which do not have child pornographic content.”

 

The problem is that the said notice is not accompanied by any specific list of sites or links and the Intermediaries (ISPs) are expected to find out the links or sites containing child pornography themselves. This is not how it works under the law. The correct procedure should have been to provide the Intermediaries (ISPs) with a specific list along with the notification, as was done in the earlier notice dated July 31, 2015.

 

The ISPs have rightly asked the Government to withdraw the notification. The ISPAI letter states: “We urge you to withdraw the said vague directive as it is not only confusing, but also putting responsibility on ISPs of the website on which ISPs does not have any control.” However, they are wrong in saying “But till further directives, the said 857 sites will continue to be blocked.”

 

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